Jillian & Alan: An Ultimate New York City Wedding

Happy Anniversary to our couple Jillian & Alan!

In honor of Wedding Wednesday, let’s take a look back at their stunning NYC wedding that we were so honored to be a part of!

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On a beautiful day in September, our couple Jillian & Alan held their exclusive wedding at the historic Puck Building in New York City. The day began with a photo session with Francesco Mastalia Photography. Jill & Alan saw each other for the first time that day on the rooftop terrace of their apartment building.

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The couple then went on to pose for photos at iconic sites throughout the city.

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The Bride & Groom and their bridal party stopped in Times Square to take some amazing photos including posing with members of the cast of Broadway’s Young Frankenstein!

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Finally, it came time for their chic all-white ceremony at the Puck Building. As guests arrived they were greeted with sparkling water and beautiful classical music from The Schiller Quartet.


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All eyes were on our gorgeous Bride as she walked down the aisle in her simple yet stunning ivory lace gown with her proud Father at her side.  Surrounded by their bridal party and covered by a white canopy, Jillian & Alan were married in a touching ceremony officiated by the charming Julie Laudicina.

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For the reception, the blank canvas loft space overlooking the city was transformed into an ultra lounge atmosphere by Jersey Street Furniture Rental.  They created the look using sleek lounge furniture, illuminated tables, and flowing white drapings.

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The room was decorated with stunning all-white centerpieces from Florisan that were draped with pearls.

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The entire evening was one continuous cocktail hour with amazing food from Hudson Yards Catering which is owned by Danny Meyer of Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern fame.  The event was kicked off with passed canapes such as Lobster and Watercress Dumplings and Truffled Mushroom Feuilette.  Guests were then treated to stations that ranged from genuine Blue Smoke Barbecue to mini modern presentations of raw bar selections including Union Square Cafe’s Crab and Endive Salad.

Dessert included a gorgeous wedding cake from The Painted Cake.  There was also a selection of delectable mini desserts such as mini ice cream cones and individual berry trifles.  The night was capped off by a late night snack of authentic miniature Shake Shack Burgers.

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We believe that the most special events are those that have a personal touch.  Our very talented artist Bride painted a gorgeous water color of cherry blossoms.  This water color was used in everything from the invitations to being the inspiration for the Wedding cake design.

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The gorgeous shimmery programs, menus, and signature cocktail signs were created by our design team and also showcased Jillian’s beautiful cherry blossom design.

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The guests danced the night away to the band from Hank Lane and had a blast dressing up and taking fun photos in the photo booth from Party Booths.

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What an amazing day for a truly special couple!  We wish them a life of love and happiness.


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Sophia’s Sweet Celebration!

We had a great time planning and designing Sophia’s 1st Birthday bash! This little gal was such a sweetie – so naturally we went with a super fun candy and sweets theme!

Held at The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood, we had a blast designing the room with the pink, brown and white decor consisting of candy, flowers, balloons and more!

Check out some photos from this sugary sweet celebration –

Special thanks to our good friend David Toth for these fabulous shots!

Engaged & Enchanted: Engagement Bash at the Palisadium

We love pre-wedding parties!  They give the couple a chance to celebrate with family and friends without the formalities of the wedding day.  They also give the couple an opportunity to express themselves and do something unique and fun.  That’s why we were thrilled when our couple, Rosemarie and Robert, asked us to help them plan and design an all out engagement bash at the Palisadium in Palisades Park, NJ.

The couple wanted something romantic and fun with lots of sparkle.  To compliment the breathtaking NYC skyline views from the Palisadium’s wrap around windows, we created a romantic Victorian inspired event with a modern City Chic twist.

The event was announced with custom designed invitations from our Paperie team.  Silver embossed pockets were embellished with handmade crystal chiffon paper, black velvet ribbon, and gorgeous rhinestone vintage buttons.

We designed four coordinating table designs in pink, black, and silver with crystal and rhinestone accents.  Incredible flowers displayed throughout the room were provided by Santos Florist.  Our friends at Confectionary Designs outdid themselves with an absolutely gorgeous 4-tier cake with sugar pearl accents and custom heart cookie favors that complimented the donation made to the American Heart Association.

We congratulate this beautiful couple on their engagement and look forward to their wedding in June 2012!

Thank you to our incredible vendor team for making this a night to remember:

Venue:  The Palisadium

Dress:  Terani Couture gown from Brielle’s Boutique

Flowers:  Santos Florist

Music and Lighting:  DJ Express

Cake and Heart Cookies:  Confectionary Designs

Photos:  Anthony Rudick Photography and Mariya Molduvanova

Special thanks to Association of Bridal Consultants members, Agnieshka Burke and Mariya Molduvanova, for all of their fantastic help setting up that day.

Oooh La La! A Pink & Black French Couture Bridal Shower

We had the pleasure of planning a bridal shower with one of our favorite wedding professionals, Vandana Taneja of Vandana Jewelry, in honor of her sister-in-law, Rajni.  The shower had to be as stylish as the gorgeous Bride-to-Be so we designed the shower to have a chic Pink & Black French Couture theme.  Everything from the hand cut invitations to the bridal shower bingo cards were custom made to evoke an atmosphere of fashion, fun, and fabulousness.

Thanks  to Vici for the fantastic food, Linens by RazaTrade, Infinity Entertainment, and David Toth Photography for capturing all of the beautiful details!

Congratulations to Rajni and Harry who were married just a few weeks ago.  We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

2010 National Stationery Show

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Oh, the National Stationery Show!  I could spend forever walking up and down the aisles of the Jacob Javits Center in NYC seeing all the amazing new papers and products available and the endless inspiration.  Although our time there last month was limited, Candice and I found fantastic new suppliers and even more options for unique papers, embellishments, and the latest in cutting edge printing options.

 
We checked out the latest pockets and products from Envelopments and Do It With More Options including Envelopment's new line of favor boxes and Do It With More Options' new custom die cutting services.

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We also discovered the booth for House of Monarch that has a new line of gorgeous, luxury custom invitation supplies made with fabrics from Wildflower Linens.  We are proud to annonuce that we will be adding these products to our custom invitation offerings. 

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As a reminder, if you are getting married in the Winter/Spring of 2011, now is the time to start looking for invitations.  We offer endless options for gorgeous custom invitations.  Contact us at 973-518-3380 or info@thefinishingtouchevents.com to discuss all we can do to help you announce your wedding in style.

All the Best,

Priscilla

50th Wedding Anniversary at The Venetian

On April 18, my mother in-law and father in-law, Cira & Salvatore, celebrated their 50th Wedding with a blessing at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church and a reception at the fabulous Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

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To help make this joyous occasion extra special, we at The Finishing Touch created beautiful Antique Gold fold-out pocket invitations accented with handmade floral embossed paper.  The invitation opened up to show their wedding photo and then flipped open to reveal a photo of them now. 

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The Venetian's newly redecorated ballroom was decked out in ivory and pale yellow flowers.  We created coordinating seating cards, menus, and table names to complete the event's look.  The tables were named after different places that were special to the happy couple throughout their 50 wonderful years together.

 

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After a delicious dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed the couple's 4-tiered cake and fantastic Viennese table.

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Thank you to the following wedding professionals for making this day so special for them:

Venue – The Venetian (with special thanks to their pastry chef, my good friend Amanda Longo, and her team for creating all those amazing desserts!)

Photography & Video - Studio Uno

Flowers – Santos Florist

Music - DJ Express

 

Best Wishes,

Priscilla

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The Finishing Touch Event Design-Paperie in Contemporary Bride Magazine

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The Finishing Touch Event Design is proud to have stationery featured in the "Something Blue" article in the recent issue of Contemporary Bride magazine.  Prominently seen are the invitations from our couple Rebecca and John's wedding.  Our champagne picture is featured on the right side of the below image, and our favor box is on the left.

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Nancy & Rafael – Old Hollywood Glitz & Glamour Wedding

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Nancy and Rafael came to us to help them fully plan their dream wedding.  The Bride expressed her love of the glamour of old Hollywood and wanted to capture that feeling at their wedding.  We went right to work creating an unforgettable day for them and their guests.

Our design team at The Finishing Touch Event Design worked closely with the couple to design the look of the wedding from top to bottom.  This included unique beautiful pocket invitations that featured a red damask cut out velvet border and blind embossed monogram.

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Stationery photo by Ron Holtz Photography

After almost two years of planning, the big day finally arrived.  The beautiful sunny and warm Saturday afternoon was captured with stunning photography by David and Tami of The Studio Photographers.  The Bride looked like a Hollywood femme fatale herself in her mermaid style lace and crystal gown and dramatic cathedral length veil.   She wore gorgeous crystal and pearl necklace and earrings custom designed by Vandana Jewelry and crystal adorned open-toed pumps.  The Romantic Garden created a stunning hand tied cascading bridal bouquet of all white flowers.

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The traditional Spanish Catholic ceremony was held at the majestic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ. 
 

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Guests were greeted by gorgeous tea length ceremony programs, created by our design team, which detailed how the couple incorporated traditions from their Hispanic culture into the ceremony.  Some of these traditions included the coin (arras) and cord ceremonies.  The arras represents the groom's dedication to the welfare of the bride.  It signifies the bride and groom's mutual hope for wealth, prosperity and security as they build their lives and family together.  The cord symbolizes the love and friendship that bind the couple together.  The figure eight shape of the cord represents the infinite nature of matrimony.

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After taking pictures both inside and outside the church, our couple was whisked off in their limo with their bridal party to take romantic pictures at Lambert Castle in Paterson, NJ.  On beautiful grounds and with a historic backdrop, they posed and laughed as the Studio Photographers captured all of the highlights.

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Then it was off to the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ where the reception was to be held.  The Westminster was the perfect venue to hold this event with its red and gold color scheme.  The lounge in the hotel's restaurant, The Strip House, with its photos of Hollywood starlets on the walls and signature red velvet wallpaper was a perfect place for the couple to take fun, romantic pre-reception photos.

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As guests entered the hotel, they were greeted by gorgeous white Manzanita trees adorned with red crystals provided by The Romantic Garden.  Hanging on the trees were whimsical crystal embellished seating cards created by our design team.  

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Guests had the opportunity to sign their photo guest book created by The Studio Photographers which featured their beautiful engagement photos.  

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The room was also decorated with framed childhood pictures of Nancy and Rafael as well as framed photos of “old Hollywood” couples to set the theme for the reception.

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Guests enjoyed the fabulous cocktail hour while listening to Spanish guitar music.  The Westminster created a Peruvian station especially for the Groom to reflect his heritage.  The station featured fantastic ceviche served in martini glasses based on an old family recipe.

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The Westminster also mixed up refreshing Watermelon Martinis and classic Mojitos that were passed to guests on silver platters.

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Upon entering the ballroom, guests saw the magnificent 4-tier black and white damask wedding cake designed by The Westminster that took center stage.  It was topped with red roses and a crystal monogram cake topper.

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The room was a glow with beautiful lighting and the couples monogrammed logo on the dance floor provided by In the Mix Entertainment. 

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The ballroom was set to mimic the look of a 1940s supper club with square tables covered in custom garnet crushed shimmer linens from Cloth Connection and black chivari ballroom chairs with burgundy velvet cushions from Party Rental Ltd

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Black napkins enrobed custom crystal embellished menus and were topped with white orchid heads. 

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The Romantic Garden created two different stunning centerpieces.  The tall centerpieces featured red roses, white hydrangea, and white ostrich plumes with a crystal "necklace" atop trumpet vases with a hanging crystal pendant inside.  The centerpieces were illuminated from their bases. 

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The low centerpieces featured red roses, white hydrangea, and black ostrich feather tufts in black glass cubes. 

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To complete the look, tables were topped with square mirrors, red rose petals, black beaded table lamps, and damask adorned candles.  The tables were also named after classic romance movies like "Casablanca" and "From Here to Eternity."  One of the tables was named "Aladdin" after the movie the two longtime sweethearts went to see on their first date!

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Guests dined on the Westminster's famous Filet Mignon and danced the night away to a DJ from In the Mix Entertainment and a full 12-piece Latin band, La Orquesta C.A.N.I. 


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To add a little glitz to cake cutting time, the Bride removed her veil and changed into a feather and crystal fascinator, which is a fun retro-style hair accessory that fit perfectly with the feel of the wedding.

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To put a sweet end to a fabulous reception, guests were treated to a red and black candy buffet.  Guests happily filled up the personalized take away containers from our design team with gourmet chocolate covered almonds, M&Ms, cherry jelly beans, white chocolate covered pretzels, and mini nonpareils.

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After the reception, guests were invited to join our couple to relax and wind-down into the wee hours of the night at the hotel’s Strip House Lounge. 

 

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It was a truly magical event that we were honored to be a part of.  We wish this fun couple a lifetime of happiness filled with glamour and romance.  

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Happy Planning,

Priscilla and Soroya

Fabulous Finishing Touch Event Designs!

New Jersey Bride recently featured the fabulous stationery of The Finishing Touch Event Design team. A beautiful, cultural, and romantic design was created by our very own Priscilla Leto for our amazing fun loving couple Jenn & Eliu’s Destination Wedding to the Dominican Republic.  The invitation featured two peacocks (Jenn's favorite!) kissing in a heart formation with printed peacock feather accents. This design matched Jenn’s unique tastes perfectly. The team also developed Custom programs, seating cards, table numbers, menus, favors and more — some of which can be seen in the magazine alongside the article.
 
Be sure to check out the featured article in the invitations section of the Fall 2009 NJ Bride!
 
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